Just like that, we have quickly sprung into April! Things are warming up in Asheville and with the days growing longer that means more time to spend enjoying the outdoors! We invite you and your friends to explore our April wine features and join us on the terrace at Bargello or the patio at Posana, both in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Chateau Musar ‘Jeune’ Red Blend 2018 | Bekaa Valley, Lebanon $14 glass/$54 bottle
Keeping in line with Bargello’s concept of a Mediterranean-focused food menu, our wine program highlights the products of one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world: Lebanon. Hailing from Bekaa Valley, once home to Phoenicians and current host to ancient temples for the Roman god Bacchus, Chateau Musar brings a centuries-old tradition to the forefront of our Mediterranean palates with a blend and technique imbued by the masters of their craft: the French, primarily the Bordelaise. Comprised of Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the modernly crafted ‘Jeune’ stains your glass with an inky presence where you’ll find a mouth-watering structure with rich notes of dark fruits like cherries and plums. The fruit profile is supported by a subtle hint of spice and earth – all core elements of the grapes they represent, none touched by oak and without a hint of fining or filtering on this minimal intervention wine. This wine is to be enjoyed with friends, a first date, or on your travels to one of the temples in its home country. However you drink it, this will bring you back to the time when wine was rustic and new to the world around it.
If you’ve ever heard of the wine Sassicaia, then you’re familiar with the term ‘Super Tuscan’. Enter Tenuta Monteti’s ‘Caburnio’ – a heavyweight contender for the ranks of wines made in Tuscany from traditionally non-Italian varietals. An incredibly special offering by the glass, we’ve landed on the 2014 vintage in a magnum bottle that maintains the wine’s freshness and aged personality. The name ‘Caburnio’ comes from a typo made by Pliny the Elder in the 1st century AD when illustrating winemaking in Roman times. The wine itself is a blend of grapes usually found in Bordeaux, but when planted in ancient Mediterranean soils along Tuscany’s coastline, produces a singular and unique profile. Throughout the 8 glasses this bottle holds, you’ll find a myriad of flavors from the shrubbery you’d find on the hillsides of the Maremma like sage and rosemary to freshly picked raspberries, bursting with juicy, tart flavor. In true Tuscan fashion, this wine must be enjoyed with a full feast – something far easier to accomplish than you’d think with our menu selections.
Sommelier Emily Dunaway
Bargello Sommelier Emily Dunaway Asheville, NC
Award-Winning Wine Lists
Both Posana and Bargello hold distinguished awards from Wine Spectator. Posana was Asheville’s only independent restaurant in 2014 to be awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. They have continued to achieve that level of recognition through 2018 when they kicked things up a notch and earned Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, once again to be the only independent restaurant in Asheville to achieve this level of recognition. Posana’s cellar focuses on sourcing wine from small production vineyards with a focus on organic, sustainable, or biodynamic growing and production principles. Posana has maintained Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence consistently since 2018. Recipients of Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence offer a wine list displaying “an excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation. Typically offering 350 or more selections, these restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team.”
Bargello, opening in October of 2019, launched with a magnificent wine list curated by Sommelier Emily Dunnaway and went on to receive the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2020. We look forward to sharing our collections with you!